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Safe Record Keeping Kyle Korver’s 127 consecutive games with a three-pointer It sounds easy, until you think about it—make one shot a game from 25-to-30 feet away every game for a season and a half. Even more amazing is that the Hawks’ sharpshooter, a career .425 shooter from three (he’s .438 inside the arc), broke Dana Barros’ record by 38 games. Scott Skiles 30 assists in a game Orlando Magic point guard Scott Skiles broke Kevin Porter’s single-game assists mark on Dec. 30, 1990 by handing out 30 assists. The mark had lasted almost 17 years. Boston’s Rajon Rondo made the last strong challenge, getting 24 on Oct. 29, 2010. It would take almost a perfect played PG game, coupled with a hot night from his teammates to shatter this one. Jose Calderon 98.1 free throw percentage in 2008-09 The Toronto Raptors’ guard made 154 of 157 free throw attempts. Houston’s Calvin Murphy is second at 95.8 percent (1980-81). New Orleans Pelicans point Brian Roberts, who shot 93.98 (125 of 133) last season, could challenge. Rasheed Wallace 41 Technical Fouls In 2000-01, Portland power forward Rasheed Wallace got T’ed up 41 times in 80 games. That’s more than double last year’s leaders— Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins, Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Thunder small forward and League MVP Kevin Durant. This dubious record could happen, but at the cost of one’s wallet and playing time, to achieve. Bill Russell’s 11 championships The NBA’s greatest winner, hands (plus one toe) down. Nos. 2-through-6 were teammates and beneficiaries of Russell, (Sam Jones, 10, Tom Heinsohn and K.C. Jones, 9, Tom “Satch” Sanders and John Havlicek, 8). The first non-Celtic is Robert Horry. “Big Shot Rob” won seven, two with Houston, three with the Lakers and two more with Spurs. The highest active players are Kobe and Tim Duncan, who have five. LeBron 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 100 steals in at least seven seasons Nobody’s fills up a stat sheet like King James, who has gone for 2,000, 500, 500 and 100 seven times in his 11 years (2004-06, 2007-11, and 2013) missing out on eight last year by 12 assists. It’s a bit of a conjured feat, but one that won’t easily be duplicated any time soon. He averaged 26.4 ppg, while shooting 56.2 percent, making 10.4 field goals per game. Discounting his final season where he shot .475 as a 41-year-old, Abdul-Jabbar never missed more shots than he made. His worst shooting season was his final in Milwaukee where he slogged through a 38-44 season (just one of only two losing seasons he suffered), shooting 51.3 percent. Kareem got better with age, as from age 30 through 40, he averaged 22.2 points on 57.5 shooting, hitting 59.5 percent at age 37 during the 1984-85 season. His record is safe for at least three years. That’s how long it would take Kobe Bryant, the next closest active player, to make up the 6,687-point deficit that stands between the two—and that’s provided Bryant averages 27.3 points per game (his average the season prior to his injury last year) as a 36-year-old-and-beyond playing the most athletic position in the game. Beyond Kobe, LeBron James has a shot at 15,217 points behind. Were he to average 27.1 ppg, his average last year in Miami, for the next seven years, he would the scoring king by age 36. Maybe if he develops a skyhook, it’ll increase his chances. LAKERS’ 33-GAME WIN STREAK Imagine going from two weeks before Thanksgiving to the week after New Year’s Day without losing a game. The perfect holiday season—that’s what the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers did. The Lakers, led by the Hall of Fame trio of Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor won every game from Nov. 6, 1971 until Jan. 7, 1972, a stretch of 33 straight games, on its way to a 69-13 season Green Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images


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